My eldest will be on school holidays this time next week. We will packing and getting ready for a three day break by the beach. Just the little boys and I as my husband still needs to work. But before the relaxing can begin there will be a mad flurry of activity. Excursions, christmas cards, contraband candy canes and end-of-school get togethers. Read more
Summer holidays are nearly here.
I can almost smell the salt air and feel the sand between my toes. My family will spend a fair bit of time at the beach, at BBQs and neighbourhood gatherings. I’m looking forward to sunny days on the coast and those glorious summer evenings with friends that seem to go on forever.
For those casual, relaxed days, I want to wear easy pieces that reflect my mood. No-fuss, easy-to-wear clothes that can be dressed up or down. The kinds of clothes that can be easily packed for a few days on the beach. Things I can throw over swimmers and just as easily wear at a beachside bar.
I have very nearly finished my Christmas shopping. I think I’m on track to have everything wrapped before school is out (yay me!) But there are a few presents that are still eluding me. It’s the people that are always hard to buy for. I reckon there’s a few of them on everyone’s Christmas list. Those that have all they need, buy what they want immediately and/or don’t have many hobbies or interests.
Here’s my guide to buying for them… Read more
My son is desperate for a Lego advent calendar. At $39, I can’t do it. But by the time I waver I’m sure it will be sold out.
There seems to be a trend towards increasingly expensive advent calendars. For both kids and adults. If you’d been quick enough, you could have bought a $499 Diptyque advent calendar. This trend has caused me to reflect on the whole advent calendar tradition. I love the idea of a countdown to Christmas. I also think there are plenty of ways to do it, without breaking the bank or losing a sense of wonder.
Advent calendars date back to the mid 1900s with one of the first ideas being the advent wreath. Lighting a candle each evening as Christmas approaches. I still think that’s a beautiful idea.